Who are the Half Century Trojans (HCTs)? We’re a vibrant community of all USC
alumni (including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree holders)
who earned a bachelor’s degree from any college or university at least 50 years
ago. As caretakers of USC history and tradition, HCTs are uniquely positioned to
promote the Trojan Spirit and strengthen the bonds that connect USC alumni lifelong
and worldwide.

Half Century Trojans Going Back to College Day

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first-ever virtual Going Back to College Day on February 3rd! This year’s program featured inspiring remarks by USC President Carol L. Folt and engaging presentations by distinguished faculty and student innovators.  We also offered virtual campus tours and hosted an online chat room, where old friends got to reconnect and meet new ones.

To watch this year’s program, click on the titles in the Program Schedule. You can also view these videos on the USC Alumni Association’s YouTube channel.

Fight On!

Program Schedule


Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08, associate senior vice president for alumni relations, and Janet Tonkovich ’64, Half Century Trojans president, open the program and introduce USC President Carol L. Folt, who delivers a university update.

Student Presentation: “The Impact of Music on Trauma”

USC students Travis Chen, Brian Femminella and Lucy Schafer discuss their innovative new app, SoundMind, which uses individualized music therapy to help people overcome trauma and stress.

Faculty Presentation: “Aging Populations and Urban Housing of the Future”

Caroline Cicero MSWMP ’95, PhD ’10, instructional associate professor of gerontology and the director of the USC Age Friendly Initiative at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, explains how USC is redefining urban housing for senior citizens.

Faculty Presentation: “Research at USC’s Safe Communities Institute”

Errol Southers MPA ’98, DPPD’13, professor of the practice in national and homeland security, the director of the Safe Communities Institute and the director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, reveals how USC is combating extremism during the pandemic, increasing public trust in law enforcement with the LEWIS project and more.

Half Century Trojans Annual Meeting and Scholarship Presentation

Half Century Trojans President Janet Tonkovich ’64 leads the annual meeting, introduces the Half Century Trojan Scholars and wraps up the day’s program.

Conclude your Going Back to College Day experience with virtual tours that will bring the University Park campus to life.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

USC School of Cinematic Arts

Treasures of USC presented by USC Dornsife School of Letters Arts and Sciences

The Half Century Trojan Scholarship Program

A merit-based scholarship, the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. Your gift will help ensure that a USC education remains within reach for the children and grandchildren of alumni who want to make USC a family tradition. Currently 20 $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

Contact the USC Dornsife Office of Advancement by calling (213) 740-4990 or visit dornsife.usc.edu/giving to make a donation.


The scholarship is open to continuing undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. These scholarships can be renewed for the remainder of the recipient’s undergraduate career at USC, based on continued strong academic performance. Scholarship recipients must meet the academic standards adopted by the Half Century Trojans Board of Directors. Scholarship recipients may pursue any academic major in any USC school.

To learn more about the application process, email tanyamor@usc.edu or hctrojans@usc.edu or call 213.740.2300 for more information.


The Selection Process

Selected applicants are invited to interview with the Half Century Trojans Selection Committee. Applicants should provide evidence of academic achievement, leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, work experience and a commitment to community service.



Support for the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship Fund can be provided in a variety of forms, including cash, appreciated securities, real estate or other assets. Contributions can also be made through wills, living trusts, charitable gift annuities, or any combination of these devices. Whatever its structure, each gift to the scholarship fund benefits talented students at USC.

To make a gift directly online, please see below Give Now button:

Giving Website

If send contribution via check, please complete and mail  this form  along with a check made out to the USC Half Century Trojan Scholarship, to the following address:

USC Half Century Trojans Scholarship Fund
Epstein Family Alumni Center
3607 Trousdale Parkway, TCC 305
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3106



The USCAA Half Century Trojans Scholarships began in Fall 1998 with an award of $2500 to one freshman student. Today we award $10,000 to each scholarship student per year. This year we have 22 undergraduate students each having a relative who graduated from USC at least 50 years ago.

Over the past 22 years HCT has been able to provide scholarship assistance to 113 very worthy students. The Scholarship program is funded by 7 trust funds plus yearly gifts from individuals.

The USC Half Century Trojans appreciate the leadership of dedicated members who have served as Scholarship Chair over the past 22 years. Departed Trojan Wes Rollo ’40 began the Scholarship program in 1998 with one student scholar and was able to increase the funding to support 3 scholarships when he retired in 2003. W. Terry Pearson ’53, MS ’63 assumed the chairmanship in 2003. He persuaded a friend, who already had a family trust fund with the University, to contribute $1.5 million to the HCT Scholarship fund. The Committee was then able to raise the annual scholarship award to $5000 and then to $10,000 per year. Sue Corwin Schaar ’56 assumed the chairmanship in 2012 and held it until Hugh Helm ’56, JD ’69 succeeded her in 2014. During Hugh’s tenure the Committee has raised the number of annual rewards to 20 students. This year Hugh is joined in the chairmanship with Sara Jane Philippi Bettge ’66. The Half Century Trojans are grateful for the dedicated service of the Scholarship Chairs and Committees.


Words of Appreciation

“I am a rising senior studying Global Health with minors in Public Relations and Consumer Behavior. I will also be pursuing a progressive degree in the Master of Health Administration through the Price School of Public Policy. My grandfather, Tsukasa Saneto completed his degree at USC in 1949, five years after his release from the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII. For my family, my grandfather’s USC degree held the key to re-starting his life and recovering from the turmoil of the war. Although my ojisan passed when I was a baby, receiving the Half Century Trojan scholarship allows me to feel connected with my family’s history and celebrate my grandfather’s accomplishments.”
—Justin Kawaguchi, Class of 2021 (Keck)

“I am a rising senior majoring in neuroscience and minoring in music studies in classical piano and my parents and grandparents are graduates of USC. Since joining the Trojan Family, I have formed a student volunteer organization called Medicinal Music Makers and the organization’s goal is to perform and 3D print musical instruments for its patients, their families, and hospital staff. During this pandemic, I have shifted the organization to a virtual, online platform where people are able to view musical performances online, whenever they want to. I sincerely appreciate the financial support and recognition of the Half Century Scholarship toward my future goals of serving the medical community.”
—Valerie Narumi, Class of 2021 (Dornsife)

“From start to finish, my experience with the Half Century Trojans has been remarkable and extremely rewarding to my career aspirations and personal development. Being a graduating senior with a B.S. in Human Development and Aging, I look forward to helping create a world where everyone can age with dignity, autonomy, and retained individuality. I know that my studies at USC have prepared me to accomplish this, and I could not be more thankful to the Half Century Trojans for allowing me the financial leverage to pursue this passion in an incredibly important field. Four generations of my family are Trojans, and we all thank you so much for allowing me this privilege! You are truly a testament to the Trojan Family!”
—Shannon Hennessy, Class of 2020 (Gerontology)

“The unbelievable support of the Half Century Trojans at USC has allowed for me to graduate from the school of my dreams without the burden of student debt. Over these past four years, I have been able to conduct research in the Child Interviewing Lab in our Gould School of Law, lead countless tours of campus with the USC Admission Center, and co-found a volunteering organization on campus which provides complimentary beauty makeovers to men and women in senior homes; without your organization’s encouragement, I would not have had the means to pursue these activities that have so deeply changed my life. As I exit USC as a fourth generation Trojan with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a double minor in Forensics & Criminality and Individuals, Societies, & Aging, I am thrilled to be moving to Chicago in the fall as I begin working towards my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northwestern University! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your generosity. Fight On Forever!”
—Samantha Hardy, Class of 2020 (Dornsife)

“I am entering my sophomore year as a Dornsife student majoring in Narrative Studies. I’m ecstatic to embark on my second year as a member of both the Trojan Marching Band and the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. I am extremely proud to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather (USC Class of ’49), and I am so humbled by the support of the Half Century Trojans who not only celebrate my family’s Trojan past, but are actively nurturing my future.”
—Jordan Evans, Class of 2022 (Dornsife)

“I am a junior majoring in business administration with emphasis in real estate finance. I am directly connected to USC through my great-grandmother, Thelma Estes Brown, as well as indirectly through my parents who are diehard Trojans and always took me to USC football games growing up. The HCT Scholarship means an incredible amount to me, and I fully intend to pay it forward! The HCT Scholarship will help to alleviate some of the financial burden on my family and allow me to better pursue my many passions, for which I am extremely grateful.”
—Grant Uberstine, Class of 2021 (Marshall)

“I am a junior majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and also currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Global Medicine. I come from a long line of Trojans—my great-grandfather graduated from USC in 1923; both of my grandparents met at USC and graduated in 1951; and I have two uncles who graduated from USC in the ’70s. As a transfer student, I am incredibly humbled and grateful to have been chosen for the HCT Scholarship, and I feel so lucky to be at such an amazing institution which has quickly grown to be my home.”
—Marissa Anderson, Class of 2021 (Keck)

“I am a junior studying business and economics at USC. My Trojan connection is through my grandfather, Edward “Ted” May, who received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from USC in 1955, as well as his master’s degree in science and engineering in 1967. The HCT Scholarship has truly helped create a ‘Trojan Family,’ as my earning it has allowed my parents to afford sending my younger sister to USC as well—she is beginning her Trojan journey this fall.”
—Nick Basch, Class of 2021 (Marshall)



Janet Harris Tonkovich ’64, President

Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65, President-Elect

Robert A. Frinier ’63, MBA ’69, Past President

Patricia “Patti” Chan Poon ’65, Recording Secretary

Trish Foley Vick ’67, Corresponding Secretary


Paul Alwine ‘62;

Dann V. Angeloff ’58, MBA ’63 **

Susan Wright Bennett ‘69

Jay Berger  ’66, MS ’67, PhD ’71

Sara Jane Philippi Bettge ’66, MS ‘67

Bob Brockmeier ‘63

Seymour Canter ’55 **

Daniel Cassidy ’59 **

James F. “Jim” Childs, Jr. ’61 *

Sharon Monahan DeBriere ‘55

Candy Allen Duncan ’52, MSED ‘83

James Eddy ’52 **

Janet Ewart Eddy ’54, MS ’78, Ph.D. ’91 **

Millie Carmen Farnsworth ’46 **

Miller Fong ‘64

Don Garner ‘66

Diana Chipps Jones Geosano ‘69

Karen Weston Hackett ‘68

Hugh Helm ’62, JD ‘69

Gary Iseminger ‘69

Tommy Kuenster ‘57

Robert E. Lutz ‘68

Jim Maddux ’56 *

James A. Manos ’54, MBA ’57, EdD ‘74

Mary Kotsikos Manos ‘58

Neil B. Martin ’64, JD ‘67

Bob Padgett ‘67

Terry Pearson ’53 **

Wilma Williams Pinder ‘62

Lorna Young Reed ’58 **

Albert D. Shonk ’54 **

Derald Sidler ‘67

Alli Lockwood Solum ’59 *

Abraham “Abe” Somer ’59, LLB ’62 *

Marilyn McLarnan Thomas ‘63

Charla Hindley Tindall ‘67

Diane Barkelew Wallace ‘69

Doug Yarrow ‘68

Candace “Candy” Chan Yee ‘68



(Former Half Century Trojan presidents who faithfully served our alumni group

for more than five years after their presidential tenure).



Tanya Moran-Adolph

Associate Director, Generational Programs, USC Alumni Association

How do I get involved?

There is no formal registration process to become a Half Century Trojan. All USC-degreed alumni automatically become Half Century Trojans once they reach the 50-year anniversary of receiving their undergraduate degree. For more information on becoming involved with Half Century Trojans, please contact the USC Alumni Association at (213) 740-2300 or e-mail.


Can I contribute to Scholarships?

Half Century Trojans strengthen the university’s legacy by sponsoring the Half Century Trojans Scholarship Program, which annually confers scholarships of $10,000 each to a number of direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. The scholarships, open only to continuing USC students, are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership potential and community service. For more information, please contact the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at (213) 740-5930 or click here.

Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession

In the interest of protecting our community, the USC Alumni Association will continue to follow all directives from the University, and local and federal government. Therefore, as the 2020 USC Commencement in-person activities will not take place this year, the annual USC Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession will be cancelled as well. We look forward to happier, safer times when we can gather together again to celebrate the resilience of our Trojan Family. Until then, be well, take care of each other and Fight On!

Check out our USCAA Flickr page to view photos from the 2019 Commencement Procession.

Hall of Fame Luncheon 2019

On November 13, the USC Alumni Association recognized five remarkable individuals, each of whom exemplify the ideals of the Trojan Family and who have had a significant impact on the fields of business, medicine, architecture and art, respectively. We also presented the Distinguished Service Award to a dedicated Half Century Trojans board member Jim Childs ’61.

Please enjoy the event photos here.  Thank you for attending and showing your support.

2019 Hall of Fame Honorees

Byron “Red” Cavaney  ’64

Retired and Immediate Past Chairman, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

John House ’64, MD ’67

President of the House Research Institute and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC


David C. Martin ’66

Design Principal of Los Angeles-based firm A.C. Martin Partners


Faith Zink Porter ’64, MA ’66

Member, USC School of Fine Arts Board of Councilors

2019 Distinguished Service Award


Jim Childs ’61

Past President, Half Century Trojans

Thank you to all of our 2019 Sponsors for their incredible support!


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